For a large majority of the night it seemed as if the San Antonio Spurs had no hope in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. With 11:26 left in the game, the Spurs found themselves down 20. They would cut that lead to a basket, but couldn’t finish the comeback in a 122-119 loss. They outscored the Lakers 45-30 in the fourth quarter. This marks the 18th straight loss for the Spurs.
Anthony Davis dominated the game for the Lakers. He finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals, including a key steal in the back court that stopped the Spurs momentum late in the fourth. Victor Wembanyama had his second 30-point game of his career, putting up 30 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks and 2 steals.
The Spurs will have one more chance to beat the Lakers at home on Friday night.
- The Spurs could not stop the Lakers on Wednesday night. Just when it seemed like they might go on a run, Los Angeles put together a few scores to inflate the lead again. The Lakers shot 53.8% from the field and 40% from three. They also scored 62 points in the paint.
- San Antonio turned the ball over a lot, specifically in the back court. They finished the game with 17 turnovers, 14 of those coming off Lakers steals. The Spurs want to push the pace and play an uptempo game, but agains the Lakers they got too sloppy. There is a difference between playing fast and playing rushed. Wednesday the Spurs seemed rushed.
- Keldon Johnson deserves a lot of credit for keeping the Spurs afloat. He got to the rim again and again on his way to a 28 point, 8 assist performance. He was also 4-4 from three and hit some big shots down the stretch. Despite his defensive shortcomings, the wing played a strong offensive game.